Penland resident artist Amy Tavern is beginning work on a new body of work, intended for her first solo show, this November at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, and has launched a fundraising effort on the USA Projects micro-philanthropy website to cover the cost of materials.
From her project proposal:
I believe personal content that stems from my own experience is the key to creating innovative, thought-provoking work….
…The jewelry that has come in and out of my life over the years has had a profound affect on me, and ultimately, fueled my desire to be a jeweler. These special pieces, like the heirloom contents of a jewelry box I played with as a child or the ring that changed my perspective on how jewelry is made, form my history…..
…This personal history or memory will serve as my guide for two series of new works. I will create through today’s eyes the contents of a nostalgic jewelry box and respond to experiences with significant jewelry. These new pieces will abstractly represent the originals as interpreted through my formal vocabulary.
Amy views this show and the body of work she will create for it as the culmination of her residency. During her time at Penland, she explored her studio practice and discovered a stronger artistic voice, experimenting with technique, process, materials, and design to develop a more robust formal vocabulary and aesthetic, which she now intends to put to use expressing more personal and concept-driven concerns. She is seeking funding to allow her to achieve her vision for this work without having to sacrifice the number of pieces or the types of materials available to her.
If you would like to read Amy’s full proposal, watch her video, and consider supporting her new body of work, you can click here to visit her USA Projects site.